Stacey Dash Defends Controversial Pay Equality Comments

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By James Crugnale |

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Stacey Dash is hitting back at critics after controversial comments she made about pay equality for women on Wednesday’s “The Meredith Vieira Show.” Dash made several eyebrow-raising remarks, including that women should “stop making excuses” for not being paid as much as men. But despite the firestorm she created, Dash is not backing down. On Thursday, Dash tweeted, “I am so proud that my FRIEND @meredithvieira & I have sparked an HONEST debate. NOT just a grandstanding Oscar speech.” Dash was clearly making a dig at Patricia Arquette, who said at the Academy Awards after winning a Best Supporting Actress statuette, “It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all.”

In a series of steadfast tweets, Dash maintained on Thursday, “I DON’T CARE IF I AM THE LONE VOICE IN THE WOODS.” She resolutely added, “I WILL NOT LET THE GOVERNMENT MAKE WOMEN AN ENTITLEMENT CLASS…The 77 cents vs a dollar is based on B.S. statistics. STOP USING IT. CELEBRATE that EDUCATED women in their 20’s now make more than men.”

The actress had sparred with Vieira the day before about women earning around 77 cents for every dollar a man makes for the same job. On the show, Vieira made the observation that for many years she was not getting paid the same as the guys, to which Dash challenged, “You think it’s because you are a woman?” When Vieira replied, “I think that had a lot to do with it,” Dash fired back, “I guess I won’t put my fate into anything other than my own action and taking my destiny in my hands. I will not be a victim.”

There’s video below of Stacey Dash initially making her controversial comments on “The Meredith Vieira Show.” Tell us whether or not you agree with Dash’s comments and tweets.


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